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US subnational cybersecurity risks are rising

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Significance

These problems also affect subnational governments, which have increasingly come under attack in recent years. They have suffered a string of outages and interruptions to crucial local services ranging from parking payment to real estate purchases.

Impacts

  • A private vendor providing security to multiple local government entities will become the single point of failure.
  • Demand for cyber insurance at subnational level will rise, and ransom payments will continue if they are covered by insurers.
  • The federal government will likely make cybersecurity aid to states contingent on tighter security standards.
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